NASA joins the 21st century by offering mobile apps

NASA's new app for the iPad

NASA's new app for the iPad

Funding in flux? Assert your agency’s  relevance by offering iPhone and iPad apps!

Don’t get us wrong… we love NASA. And we love apps. And the two, really, are a match made in the heavens.

Below are a few of the applications that the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration has made available for free download:

The NASA App HD: From satellite tracking to live NASA TV, the app delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated mission information, images, videos and Twitter feeds from NASA right on your iPad.

3D Sun for iPhone: A major solar flare erupts on the sun. Before long, your phone chirps in your pocket to let you know! Pulling out your phone, you see a 3D view of the sun — a digital reconstruction of satellite images freshly downloaded from NASA’s “STEREO” satellites.

Lunar Electric Rover Simulator App for iPhone:
You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost.

We suspect these tools were quickly ushered through the Apple App Store approval process…Now, to get iPads into the hands of every school-aged child so the wonders of the universe unfold at their touch…

View all of NASA’s iPhone and iPad apps at http://www.nasa.gov/connect/apps.html

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